A wonderful blogger friend of mine brought up a fascinating matter to me the other day. He had just read last week’s post, “Absorbing Joy from a Cheerful Savior.” He posed an insightful question about it: How does the concept of Jesus being cheerful, work with Isaiah’s description of Him as “a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief”? (Isa. 53:3, NKJV). This was such an excellent point of consideration that I decided to write about it.
I am going to start this one with an example from my own experience. As we think on the subject of acquaintance with sorrow, a friend I’ve had for many years comes to mind. He is one of the most joyful people in my world, although he has been through profound suffering in his life. In spite of all he has endured, he is the most cheerful person I have ever met. Everyone loves to be around him; he is always smiling and laughing. You see, I believe that the deepest kind of suffering, God-joy, and cheerfulness intermingle in a most Continue reading Was The Man of Sorrows Cheerful?